31 Dec. 1969 - 21 Jul. 2010

Martin Taylor Sligo Jazz Festival

THE acoustic guitarist of his generation” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Martin Taylor

“ Europe ‘s finest guitarist” – Jazz Times New York “Absolutely inspiring and amazing” – Pat Metheny
“There is a touch of genius in Martin Taylor’s playing.”CLASSICAL GUITAR MAGAZINE

Virtuoso guitarist Martin Taylor first came to prominence in the late 1970’s through his collaborations with the legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli, with whom he performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including New York ‘s Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Martin made over 20 albums with Stephane, including recordings with Nelson Riddle, Michel Legrand, Yehudi Menuhin, Peggy Lee and several film soundtracks including the Louis Malle movie Milou En Mai and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Steve Martin and Sir Michael Caine.

Alongside his work with Grappelli, he was also pursuing his own solo career and had great success with his albums Sarabanda and the No 1 HMV jazz best seller Artistry, which established him as one of the most popular and biggest selling acoustic guitarists in the UK. In 1994 he formed his group Spirit of Django. Their first recording included their version of Robert Palmer’s Johnny And Mary, which was used on the famous cult TV ads with “Nicole-Papa!” for the Renault Clio.

He has collaborated with musicians form many different musical genre including, Chet Atkins, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Chris Rea, Bill Wyman, Dionne Warwick, Liza Minnelli, Sacha Distel And Bryn Terfel. Martin is a popular artist in Japan and alongside classical saxophonist Noboya Sugawa, recorded the music for NKT’s most popular TV drama series Sakura, which has a daily audience of 26 million.

In 1998 he founded the Kirkmichael International Guitar Festival in his home village in Scotland , which has now become one of the biggest and most prestigious guitar festivals in the world. He also founded Guitars For Schools, which promotes the teaching of guitars in primary schools. Through his work he has raised money to pay for guitars and tuition for hundreds of school children throughout South West Scotland.

Over the years he has received many awards and honours including The Freedom of the City of London , the Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, and was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Paisley, Scotland. In 2002, Martin was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) For Services To Music.

His autobiography for Sanctuary Publishing Kiss and Tell is available worldwide.

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